Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 06:17 pm

An Image of Puzzlewood with Gen Prompt Bingo Round 8 and the url genprompt_bingo.dreamwidth.org superimposed over it

[community profile] genprompt_bingo is a low commitment multi-fandom, multi-media bingo challenge.

Its aim is to provide bingo cards of gen-style prompts to be used as inspiration in creating fic, images, meta, fanmixes, vids or any other kind of fannish activities. Although the prompts themselves are "Gen" (i.e., no prompts are specifically about romance or sex) fills may be of any genre, style or rating.

Prompt lists are renewed once a quarter (1st March, 1st June, 1st September, 1st December). New cards can be claimed then even if a previous card has not been completed.

Round 8 is open
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 06:15 pm

An Image of Martha and Francine Jones from Doctor Who.  It has the words Ladiesbingo, for Any Kind of Relationship between Women and the url ladiesbingo.dreamwidth.org superimposed over it

Ladies' Bingo Round 2015-2016 (Round 3) Sign-ups

Event Description: [community profile] ladiesbingo is a bingo challenge for creative works about the relationships between women. It runs for seven months (from September until March).

The motivation behind the community is to encourage people to make creative works focused on female characters and their relationships.

Round 3 (2015-2016) is now open.
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 02:35 pm
All live in last night's code push! A lot of these relate to developers only, and the rest are fairly low-profile so you might not notice them, but nonetheless this is what's been being worked on. :-)

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7 total issues resolved
Contributors: [github.com profile] kaberett, [github.com profile] kareila, [github.com profile] zorkian
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 07:05 am

Posted by karen

Last week I attended YAPC::Asia in Tokyo.  I’m always impressed by how much work the organisers put in to make sure that the conference runs smoothly.  I have been to 10 YAPCs in Tokyo and every year they get bigger.  Back in 2006 there were around 320 people attending and this year there was 2130!  That’s amazing growth and a headache for conference organisers unless you successfully scale every aspect of the conference.  Just thinking about the wifi requirements alone makes me shudder.  There is no doubt that Maki-san and his team should be proud of everything they have achieved.  It was a great conference.

The venue is so important to holding a good conference.  Last year I felt that the venue for YAPC::Asia was too small but this year it was perfect.  It was large enough to be comfortable, but not so large that you felt disconnected from the other attendees.  The main room was beautiful.  It held around 1000 people, but since it seems that only about half the conference at most will attend a plenary session it was a good size. Given how many attendees there were I didn’t get to see everyone I know.  This is always a problem when a conference is large and if I had not been jet lagged I probably would have been more proactive at trying to meet up with people.

I have attended many conference and I dislike how organisers who are intimately involved with the conference forget that the rest of us have not spent months contemplating the venue and the rooms.  I have joked that for some conferences it’s a quest to find the clues to work out where the entrance to the venue will be and how to find the talks.  Thankfully at YAPC::Asia this is never a problem.  There are always beautiful signs, printed material, and even a video showing how to get to the venue from the train station.  It was wonderful that I could feel confident about getting to the venue.  I really don’t want to keep the keynote speaker who is staying with me late for the opening because I can’t find out where to go.

YAPC::Asia is the only conference I attend that it not in English.  There were a number of foreigners speakers who spoke in  English.  At earlier conferences I did notice that the English talks were not overly well attended but now they are simultaneously translated into Japanese, which really helps.  It would be amazing if the Japanese talks could be translated into English but it’s not cost effective to do that given the number of non-native Japanese speakers in attendance.  My Japanese is not good enough for me to easily enjoy a technical talk given in Japanese so I mostly went to hear people speak in English.

I enjoyed Rik’s talk and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the current release of Perl 5.

While the conference has its roots in Perl – YAPC stands for Yet Another Perl Conference – there is no doubt that the content of this conference has been expanding for years now making the “P” more polyglot than Perl.  I did hear a number of Perl talks but I heard an equal number of container talks.  I enjoy hearing talks from speakers I don’t know and on new subjects, but I do like more Perl in my YAPC.

I could write more but Maki-san has already written a great post on the conference.  I’m sad that this will be the last one, but I’m hopeful that something new will spring up in its place.


Saturday, August 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 11:21 pm
Dear universe,

Yes, it is indeed possible in a heterosexual relationship for women to propose marriage to men*. The world does not explode, ships do not sink, pigs do not suddenly start flying. It is entirely possible for this to end in a "yes" from the man and a marriage.

I know this from experience.

(*and for no proposal from one person to take place and other configurations)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for lj.rossia.org.

  • Embedded content support for screen.yahoo.com and zippcast.com.

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.

And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
Friday, August 28th, 2015 10:53 pm

I spent the better part of today's evening preparing and testing .ebuild files (available in my GitLab repository) for the so-called ‘free branch’ versions of targetcli, rtslib, and configshell called targetcli-fb, rtslib-fb, and configshell-fb. The ‘free branch’ versions are the recommended way of setting up a iSCSI target on Linux, according to the Arch Linux wiki.

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 07:52 am
Because after two week of vacation I basically directly stumbled into two weeks of sick leave for my shiny new gastritis :-\, I had a lot of time to consume a lot of media. Here's a few quick thoughts.

Dexter seasons 1 to 5 )

24 season 1 )

Downton Abbey seasons 1 and 2 )

Mass Effect series )

Dragon Age Origins )

I am currently searching for other games on the PS3. Anyone got recommendations for me? I like RPG and action. I have had a lot of fun with the Assassin's Creed series and Mass Effect.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 04:00 am
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
Monday, August 24th, 2015 09:28 pm
So, I'll be trying to post a few more happy entries. First: cat pics! This
is Marie in the living room bookcase - in the second picture you can see
why she's in there :-)

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Monday, August 24th, 2015 08:09 am
I had to cancel attending my uncle's 60th birthday party on Saturday. I had been really been looking forward to that.

Slept less than 5 hours tonight and the stomach pain is still there, now joined by some kind of nausea - not in the sense that I think I'll throw up, but a kind of food aversion? I barely managed to drink a glass of water and eat one Zwieback (how is there no English work for that??).

I guess I won another trip to the doctor's and call to my employer. 2015 is the suckiest year ever so far.

Edit: off work for the rest of the week, ultrasound looked reasonably normal, and hopefully the medication will start letting my stomach heal soon. Made an appointment for an endoscopy - in mid-November. Awesome.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 08:01 pm

Link/Community: [community profile] theslaveexchange

Event Description: A multi-fandom fic exchange/mini bang type of funness where slavery is the topic at hand

Important Dates: 8/22/15 through 9/12/15: Prompting
10/3/15: Master list of all prompts posted for author claiming.
10/31/15: Master list of all prompts claimed by authors posted for artists claiminb
11/25/15 check in date
12/19 Posting begins

Notes/Other Key Info: We run things a little different than your traditional big bang though.

The minimum word count will be 3000 words. Of course, you can write an epic 100K if you want to.

We work on a prompt and claim methodology. Authors and Artists have no need to sign up, they sign up when they claim a prompt.

We are open to any fandom. The rules are simply that slavery of some type must be the theme of the story and the art. As a consequence, we expect all stories to be PG13 and above.
Friday, August 21st, 2015 10:18 pm
oh wow. Every time I think to myself "tonight I won't be exhausted", I do something like miss my bus stop and end up with a longer walk home than expected, and still end up exhausted.

(It was nice though, detoured and got some useful stuff along the way)

Been in new job a month. I've been sort-of-deliberately sort-of-not been careful about how I dress: mostly tshirts, jeans, minimal makeup. But I think by now I've proven I can *rock* it. So on the way home today I bought some happy-colored nailpolish. It's time to femme it up!

(It's not that coworkers would have judged me; but I want to avoid adding to any potential unconscious bias, especially if I was going to fail at any point. You all know what I mean.)
Friday, August 21st, 2015 09:43 am
I am incredibly cranky today. I should not be allowed on the internet or into polite society, I suppose...

It's clear where this is coming from - I have been in pain for the last 5 days, with gastritis. I spent every single morning since Tuesday at the doctor's office and I haven't been able to fall asleep before midnight since the pain started. Going to the doctor's means I need to spend an hour just recovering from it and a simple grocery store run has me lying in the fetal position for at least half an hour.

I switched doctors because my former one completely dismissed my pain, and now I have an awesome new one who really listened to me. I am taking pantoprazole since today, so hopefully that'll help.

Other than that, all I can do is alternate between playing Mass Effect 3 and watching Downtown Abbey. Both are awesome, but I am getting cabin fever, even despite going outside once a day.

(The whole "can't eat what I like" thing is also screwing with my brain :-\)